As a parent of a non verbal child I'd like to throw my weight in. I don't like hearing the "There's better testing now so numbers are higher" response. Talk about repeating what someone else said. We need original ideas or this epidemic will never be understood. I'm a healthy normalish person, there's no coincidence that my child may never speak in conversational sentences, it's purely a consequence. Of what? I may never no for sure. But I will speculate and no one better doubt that I have every right to.
I look at what are his behaviors, and what hereditary traits are there. A son is born in the state of the father. So what was I like the year leading to his conception? I avoided society.. I ignored my emotions.. I was in a fake relationship.. I overstimulated myself through online arguments.. I overstimulated myself on energy drinks and video games (alone).. I rewatched movies that gave me numbness just out of habit., I finished a computer science degree..
The Left brain is all math, reason, logic.. and the Right brain is all art, emotion, social intelligence. I had over exercised my left brain skills and let my right brain go to waste. I numbed out my feelings and lost my social skills. All thanks to my over dependence on screens/technology for the dopamine rewards. Is it any wonder that my son only gets dopamine rewards from screens and technology?
All the cities that have the most cases of ASD are all the cities with the most tech jobs. You can look that up. It's called the engineering disease because it predominantly happens to grand children of engineers. These are points that you can believe or disbelieve. But its worth investigating, if you care. If you don't, then just come up with something original and point to a solution. The situation we're in with neurodiversity isn't normal. Please don't normalize it.
There have always been neurodiverse people.
They just used to be called spastics, retards, weirdos, nerds, half-wits, or "wee John was a bit simple so we had him institutionalized/kept him in the attic".
Had I been born a fifty years earlier, I most likely would be ended up in a mental asylum.
Those engineers whose grandchildren were born autistic are likely autistic themselves, but were never diagnosed because of a lack of knowledge at the time and just had to adapt to society with great difficulty.
Last edited by curl-6 - on 01 August 2020